U2 Mandela song is personal and political

By Drum Digital
08 January 2014

U2's song "Ordinary Love" has become a tribute to the life of Mandela since his passing on December 5th, 2013.

U2's song  "Ordinary Love" has become a tribute to the life of Mandela since his passing on December 5th, 2013.

Bono took inspiration from Nelson Mandela's letters to Winnie Mandela when he was in prison.

“...he fought against his own party, against the ANC, against his best friends, to make peace. He didn't want to become a monster to defeat a monster, and so 'Ordinary Love' is also an appeal to South Africa. So it works in the personal and it works in the political. That's why we took it in the central image of the song."

Bono says the song is number one in 15 countries without any promotion.

Bono has taken Mandela's words as an "instruction book" in his charitable efforts against poverty -- which he sees not as an act of charity, but an act of justice. He says poverty is man-made, like apartheid.

- Source: Deadline.com

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